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Director, Energy Efficiency Services

Austin Energy

Posting Title: Director, Energy Efficiency Services 

Job Requisition Number: AE502133 

Position Number: 105585

Job Type: Full-Time

Division Name: Customer Energy Solutions

Minimum Qualifications Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Business Administration, Public Administration, Engineering, or in a field related to the job, plus seven (7) years related experience, two (2) years of which were in a supervisory or managerial capacity.
  • Education may substitute for experience up to two (2) years.
Notes to Applicants Seeking a visionary, innovative, proven leader of high performing teams to build upon Austin Energy’s industry leading customer offerings and execution. The successful applicant will have a deep technical understanding of distributed energy resource program design, cost effectiveness metrics, customer engagement best practices, operational excellence and the ability to communicate effectively with elected officials, citizen commissions, C-suite executives and other City departments. Responsibilities include management of a $23 million annual incentive budget, leadership of a 60-person staff; marketing and outreach to residential, commercial and large industrial customers; experience in purchasing, contract negotiation & vendor management; budgeting, forecasting, risk & change management; financial payments & audit controls and oversight of workflow management information technology systems. Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with internal and external customers and stakeholders is essential.


APPLICATION
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The City of Austin employment application is an official document; incomplete applications will not be considered. Please be sure that your application is a reflection of your entire work history. Describe your specific experience for each position. Include all job duties, responsibilities, and employment dates. Any gaps in employment must have an explanation and dates of unemployment. Statements such as “see resume” will not be accepted. You may use “N/A” for fields that are not applicable. Starting salary will be based on overall relevant experience from your employment application.

The responses to the supplemental questions must reference the employment history listed in the employment history section. Once the requisition has closed, the application cannot be changed to update work history, supplemental questions, or any other information.

We reserve the right to verify high school and college education for the top candidate(s).
If you have any questions regarding your City of Austin employment application, please use the official website of the City of Austin as reference. www.austintexas.gov

ASSESSMENTS:
Candidates selected for interview(s) may be required to complete an assessment(s) approved by Municipal Civil Service process, Rule 4.

GOOD STANDING COA EMPLOYEES:
Employees, in Good Standing, who are candidates within the department/division that the position resides in and who meet the minimum and preferred qualifications (if any) of the position will be included in the initial interview. Department/division employee must remain in Good Standing through the Top Candidate Selection phase at which time the Good Standing status will be re-verified.

VETERAN INTERVIEW PREFERENCE:
Military/Veterans must provide a copy of their DD214 verifying honorable discharge, at the time of initial interview to receive military/veteran interview preference.

CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECK:
The top candidate will be subject to a minimum 10 year criminal history background check.

LANGUAGE:
Must have the ability to read, write, and speak English.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT:
Exempt employees are salaried employees and, except as provided, are not eligible for overtime compensation.

CLOSING OF REQUISITION:
Please note that Austin Energy may close the job posting at any time after 7 days from the date of the initial advertisement.

Pay Range Commensurate
Hours Monday through Friday.
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Job Close Date 05/31/2020
Type of Posting External
Department Austin Energy
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 811 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX 78704
Preferred Qualifications
  • Technical knowledge of demand side management programs including measurement and verification of efficacy.
  • Ability to respond succinctly and effectively to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining relationships with contractors, citizen commissions, elected officials, stakeholders, the general public and staff.
  • Knowledgeable about strategic issues facing electric utilities and the ERCOT market.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Plans, directs, and coordinates the development and delivery of a range of technical program services to improve energy efficiency in new and existing residential, commercial and industrial building.
  2. Directs and manages the performance of energy audits and engineering feasibility studies; reviews and evaluates recommendations of building design reviews and studies, and cost-effectiveness comparisons of end-use technologies.
  3. Manages annual O&M, CIP and incentive budgets including preparing short and long-term spending plans.
  4. Prepares and presents annual results-of-operations reports for Austin Energy management and public advisory committees.
  5. Manages promotional and outreach efforts to establish partnerships with contractors, vendors and trade allies to enhance customer services and participation to meet Austin Energy’s energy efficiency goals.
  6. Formulates specific plan objectives to achieve desirable electric load shape changes through energy efficiency and load management programs and projects.
  7. Directs technical and planning process elements for evaluating alternative energy efficiency program initiatives.

Responsibilities– Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge and experience in management of energy efficiency programs.
  • Knowledge of energy efficiency technologies.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, and policies.
  • Knowledge of city practice, policy, and procedure
  • Knowledge of supervisory and managerial techniques and principles.
  • Knowledge of reporting concepts and preferred business practices.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and purchasing processes and systems.
  • Knowledge of project management and internal control concepts and practices.
  • Skill in oral and written communications.
  • Skill in handling hostile conflict and uncertain situations.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to quickly recognize and analyze irregular events.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication and working relationships with city employees, the public and contractors
Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
EEO/ADA City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

How to Apply

Apply online at https://www.austincityjobs.org/postings/83745/pre_apply

Lead Programmer

NC Electric Cooperatives

Position Title: Lead Programmer 

Division: Software Services 

Summary Description: The Lead Programmer will be responsible for designing, programming and supporting applications based on user defined requirements. This position will also be accountable for making recommendations to strengthen system controls, increasing efficiency using automated processes, and documenting application requirements and specifications. This role will also be responsible for making system and application recommendations based upon industry best practices, technical viability and operational standards. As the technical lead, this individual will be responsible for providing oversight of day-to-day activities and mentorship to other programmers. 

Academic and Trade Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Math, or related technical degree from an accredited institution, and/or equivalent experience. 

Work Experience: Five years of demonstrated work experience with a minimum of three years of experience in the area of analysis, design and programming. Three years of experience with Microsoft Development Environments, knowledge of web-enabled application development, MS SQL Server and/or Oracle databases. Experience in the public utility industry or energy sector is preferred. 

Responsibilities: 

  • Leads programmers in all aspects of designated application and program support including development, code installation, incident management, problem management, proactive maintenance, problem resolution. 
  • Implement authentication and authorization for different types of applications – server-side applications, client-side applications and APIs.
  • Leads functional and technical specifications reviews, and application code reviews and ensures assigned project deliverables stay within stated timelines, scope, and costs.
  • Maintains computer systems and programming guidelines by writing and updating policies and procedures.
  • Recommends system enhancements and modifications to improve performance efficiency.
  • Writes, debugs, compiles, tests and installs program modifications and new programs or modules.
  • Provides technical and user support for clients using information resources.
  • Participates in department and interdepartmental project teams and may work cross-functionally to improve processes within the organization.

Job Knowledge: 

  • Full technical knowledge of all phases of SDLC and the ability to understand client requirements as well as underlying infrastructure applications, systems and processes. 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint.
  • Knowledge of advanced principles and techniques of computer programming, basic online programming and programming documentation.
  • Understanding of advanced principles and practices of database management systems, standard IT operating procedures and should be able to read, interpret and produce technical documentation.

Abilities and Skills: 

  • Experience with .NET or ASP.NET Core, and a solid understanding of other programming languages (C#, VB.Net, Basic C++, JAVA, T-SQL, etc.). 
  • Experience working with web technologies and concepts (RESTful web APIs, JavaScript, AngularJS, React, Json, Bootstrap, PHP, etc.).
  • Experience with a variety of systems architectures including, Client-Server, Web-based, Service Oriented, Publish-Subscribe, ETL is a plus.
  • Experience designing, developing, testing and supporting software in support of data initiatives.
  • Excellent analytical, mathematical, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and excel at meeting deadlines.

Relationships and Contacts: 

Reports to: Director of Software Services 

Working Conditions: Normal working conditions with occasional overtime and travel. 

Company Profile: NCEMC (http://ncemcs.com/about/ncemc.htm) is one of the largest generation and transmission cooperatives in the nation and is the power supplier for most of the state’s member cooperatives. NCEMC acquires the power it sells to its member cooperatives in a number of ways, including asset ownership and Purchased Power Agreements. 

North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment. 

How to Apply

Apply online at https://www.ncelectriccooperatives.com/careers

ARPA-E Program Director

ARPA-E’S MISSION

ARPA-E is the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy. 

ARPA-E brings together top minds in energy R&D and commercialization, to change what’s possible. 

ARPA-E team members share a commitment to make an impact—to enhance the United States’ economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental sustainability. 

ARPA-E supports nascent technologies with the potential to transform America’s energy landscape that are not ready for significant private investment. 

ARPA-E’s mission is to de-risk these potential high-impact technologies at key make-or-break points early in the development cycle. 

Position Description

 Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States 

Summary: ARPA-E hires Program Directors (PD) with visionary ideas to help support the development of innovative energy technologies. 

PD Responsibilities: 

Program Development
Through appropriate technical and market analysis, and engagement with the ARPA‐E team and energy R&D communities, the PD develops a concept for an ARPA‐E program. He or she must then defend that concept in the face of challenging but constructive criticism from other ARPA‐E team members. Once through this crucible, the PD leads the drafting of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and manages all stages of the procurement process, which includes peer review of concept papers and full applications. This culminates in the PD recommending performer awards to agency leaders. 

Project Management
Once a program’s projects have been awarded, the PD actively manages that program, including full development of technical milestones and an intellectual property/commercialization strategy for each project through its completion. Management requires extensive, “hands-on” work with project performers in the field. The PD is responsible for adjusting, re‐scoping, extending, or canceling projects during the performance period. The PD’s project portfolio includes all projects in his/her program area(s) and may include other ongoing ARPA‐E projects as required. 

Other Duties 
A PD carries ARPA‐E’s endorsement as a thought leader both within DOE and to the external R&D community. A PD develops best practices as part of continually improving how ARPA‐E does business. A PD also evaluates other PD candidates, leads or serves on ad hoc groups as required for specific tasks, and provides peer review to other PDs’ program concepts. 

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT 

  • Initial term of hire is three years, with renewal options. 
  • ARPA-E will consider hiring individuals from universities and other nonprofit organizations via the Intergovernment Personnel Act (IPA). 
  • U.S. citizenship is required. 
  • The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. 

Required qualifications 

  • Strong vision for specific program areas that are ripe for ARPA-E investment, i.e., those likely to develop transformational energy technologies 
  • Relevant energy-related experience in academia, industry, and/or technology investment 
  • Ability to span science and engineering disciplines and understand market requirements and realities, preferably with experience in starting a company and/or delivering a product to market 
  • Strong background in communication, program management, and technology transfer 
  • Demonstrated leadership in communicating a vision and bringing different communities together to catalyze something new; clear and authoritative decision-making 
  • Deeply knowledgeable in at least one scientific/engineering area with demonstrated creativity/originality in using new approaches and connecting seemingly disparate ideas 
  • Passionate about solving energy challenges, even if lacking previous direct experience in energy science and technology 
  • Comfort with a high level of risk and uncertainty; ability to be flexible with regard to technical area, market assessment, and workload (substantial travel may be required) 

Especially relevant backgrounds include, but are not limited to 

  • Electrical power systems 
  • Electrochemical energy storage and conversion 
  • Photovoltaic energy conversion 
  • Advanced engines/vehicle technologies 
  • Chemical catalysis/reaction engineering for biofuels, industrial processes, and other energy applications 
  • Biological approaches to energy conversion/biofuels 
  • Low temperature waste heat recapture/thermodynamic and/or solid state cycles 
  • Fossil energy conversion/carbon capture and conversion 
  •  Wind power/ocean and wave power/aerodynamics and fluid dynamics 
  • Grid scale energy storage 
  • Energy harvesting materials and devices 
  • Building efficiency technologies/HVAC/building envelope/smart buildings 
  • Advanced lighting technologies 
  • Advanced materials for energy applications 

TO APPLY

Highly qualified candidates should submit a resume and brief preliminary description of a new ARPA-E program concept that they propose to develop and execute here. (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=arpa-e-site-page/job-opportunities#op-152897-program-director) 

Environmental Scientist/ Project Scientist – Energy Renewal Partners

Description: Energy Renewal Partners, a leading Austin, TX based full service environmental consultancy seeks to hire an Environmental Scientist or Project Scientist to assist with our expanding portfolio of energy sector projects. The position will be based in Austin, TX. 

Responsibilities: The Environmental Scientist/Project Scientist will primarily support permitting, planning, siting, regulatory, and other needs associated with development and implementation of renewable energy projects. Responsibilities may include any of the following: 

  • Coordinating efficient environmental and regulatory review and permitting of projects
  • Assisting in development of environmental review and permitting strategy
  • Preparation of applications to agencies and regulatory entities
  • Regular coordination with regulators to determine project permitting requirements and ensure all permitting requirements are met
  • Preparation of milestone schedules and budgets and coordination with Project Managers to ensure permitting schedule and budget are met
  • Assisting in ensuring permit compliance during construction and operation phase of projects
  • Providing permitting constraints for prospect wind farms
  • Conduct environmental fatal flaws/constraints analyses for proposed wind energy projects 
  • Designing and implementing field surveys/studies for biological, avian, wetland, cultural, and other key environmental requirements for renewable energy projects 

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science or related field; Master’s degree in related field preferred
  • 4-6 years of environmental consulting experience, experience with renewable energy permitting a plus
  • Experience with NEPA, ESA, and other relevant state and federal environmental regulations
  • Experience with Phase I ESAs, wetland delineation and permitting, protected species habitat assessments, SPCC Plans, and stormwater inspections
  • Experience conducting environmental fatal flaws/constraints analyses a plus
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrated project planning and implementation skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel and conduct field investigations under potentially challenging environmental conditions
  • Ability to anticipate and resolve problems
  • Effective communication with coworkers, clients, and regulators. Excellent verbal and written skills are necessary

When you join ERP, you’ll enjoy all the benefits of being part of a close team working in an approachable, collaborative, and supportive environment. You’ll be surrounded by highly motivated, high-achieving professionals who strive to have a transformational impact every day. We’ll take care of you with industry leading medical, dental and vision plans and many more benefits that allow us – and you – to continue to be amazing! 

Contact: Please send resume and cover letter to: Jobs@energyrenewalpartners.com

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